Ezekiel 13

False Prophets Condemned

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!
3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish[a] prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
4 Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins.
5 You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD.
6 Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. Even though the LORD has not sent them, they say, “The LORD declares,” and expect him to fulfill their words.
7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The LORD declares,” though I have not spoken?
8 “ ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.
9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.
10 “ ‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash,
11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth.
12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”
13 “ ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury.
14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it[b] falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD.
15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it,
16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign LORD.” ’
17 “Now, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them
18 and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own?
19 You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.
20 “ ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.
21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives,
23 therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

Ezekiel 13 Commentary

Chapter 13

Heavy judgments against lying prophets. (1-9) The insufficiency of their work. (10-16) Woes against false prophetesses. (17-23)

Verses 1-9 Where God gives a warrant to do any thing, he gives wisdom. What they delivered was not what they had seen or heard, as that is which the ministers of Christ deliver. They were not praying prophets, had no intercourse with Heaven; they contrived how to please people, not how to do them good; they stood not against sin. They flattered people into vain hopes. Such widen the breach, by causing men to think themselves deserving of eternal life, when the wrath of God abides upon them.

Verses 10-16 One false prophet built the wall, set up the notion that Jerusalem should be victorious, and made himself acceptable by it. Others made the matter yet more plausible and promising; they daubed the wall which the first had built; but they would, ere long, be undeceived when their work was beaten down by the storm of God's just wrath; when the Chaldean army desolated the land. Hopes of peace and happiness, not warranted by the word of God, will cheat men; like a wall well daubed, but ill built.

Verses 17-23 It is ill with those who had rather hear pleasing lies than unpleasing truths. The false prophetesses tried to make people secure, signified by laying them at ease, and to make them proud, signified by the finery laid on their heads. They shall be confounded in their attempts, and God's people shall be delivered out of their hands. It behoves Christians to keep close to the word of God, and in every thing to seek the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Let us so trust the promises of God as to keep his commandments.

Cross References 42

  • 1. S Isaiah 9:15
  • 2. Jeremiah 28:15
  • 3. ver 17; S Jeremiah 23:16; S Jeremiah 37:19; Ezekiel 22:28
  • 4. S Lamentations 2:14; Hosea 9:7
  • 5. S Jeremiah 23:25-32
  • 6. Isaiah 58:12; Ezekiel 22:30
  • 7. S Ezekiel 7:19; Ezekiel 30:3
  • 8. S Jeremiah 5:1; Jeremiah 23:16
  • 9. S Jeremiah 14:14
  • 10. S Jeremiah 28:15; S Jeremiah 29:9; Ezekiel 12:24-25; Ezekiel 22:28
  • 11. S Isaiah 30:10
  • 12. S Jeremiah 21:13
  • 13. S Deuteronomy 13:3
  • 14. S Exodus 32:32; S Jeremiah 17:13
  • 15. S Exodus 6:2; Jeremiah 20:3-6; Ezekiel 20:38
  • 16. S Jeremiah 23:13; S Jeremiah 50:6
  • 17. S Jeremiah 4:10
  • 18. S Ezekiel 7:25; Ezekiel 22:28
  • 19. S Joshua 10:11
  • 20. S Job 38:23
  • 21. Psalms 11:6; Ezekiel 38:22
  • 22. S Joshua 10:11; Revelation 11:19; Revelation 16:21
  • 23. Job 14:19
  • 24. S Exodus 9:25; S Job 38:23; Isaiah 30:30
  • 25. S Isaiah 22:5
  • 26. Micah 1:6
  • 27. Jeremiah 6:15
  • 28. S Isaiah 57:21; Jeremiah 6:14; S Ezekiel 7:25
  • 29. S Ezekiel 4:7; Ezekiel 25:2; Ezekiel 28:21
  • 30. S Exodus 15:20; Revelation 2:20
  • 31. S ver 2
  • 32. Jeremiah 44:26; Ezekiel 20:39; Ezekiel 22:26; Ezekiel 36:20; Ezekiel 39:7
  • 33. S Isaiah 56:11
  • 34. Proverbs 28:21; Micah 3:11
  • 35. Psalms 124:7
  • 36. Psalms 91:3
  • 37. S Isaiah 9:15
  • 38. Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 18:21; Ezekiel 33:14-16
  • 39. Nehemiah 6:12
  • 40. ver 6; S Ezekiel 12:24
  • 41. S Psalms 72:14
  • 42. Micah 3:6

Footnotes 2

Chapter Summary


It being said in Eze 12:24; that there should be no more a vain vision, nor a flattering divination; the prophet is ordered to prophesy against the false prophets and prophetesses, Eze 13:1,2,17; the former are described as prophesying out of their own hearts, Eze 13:2; as foolish ones, following their own spirit, and seeing nothing, Eze 13:3; they are compared to foxes in the deserts, Eze 13:4; and are represented as unconcerned to stand in the gap for the people, Eze 13:5; and as seeing vanity and lying divination; wherefore the Lord was against them, Eze 13:6-8; what they are threatened with are, that they should not be in the assembly of God's people; nor written in the writing of the house of Israel; nor enter into the land of Israel, Eze 13:9; the reason of which was, because they seduced the Lord's people, by speaking peace to them when there was none; which is figuratively expressed by building a wall, and daubing it with untempered mortar, Eze 13:10; upon which the wall is threatened to be rent, and caused to fall with a stormy wind; signifying the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldean army; and the false prophets to have the wrath of God poured on them who doubted it, Eze 13:11-16; and then follows the order to the prophet to prophesy against the false prophetesses, and set his face against them, and pronounce woe upon them in the name of the Lord; who are described as prophesying out of their own hearts; sowing pillows to all armholes; and making kerchiefs on the head of all sorts of persons; and which they did for poor small gain, and to the detriment of immortal souls, good and bad, Eze 13:17-19; wherefore the Lord threatens to tear off their pillows and kerchiefs, and deliver his people out of their hands, no more to be hunted by them, Eze 13:20,21; the reason of which was, because they saddened the hearts of the righteous, and strengthened the hands of the wicked, Eze 13:22; and the chapter is concluded with a resolution that they should see no more vanity nor divine divinations; and that the Lord's people should be delivered from them, and they should know that he was the Lord, Eze 13:23.

Ezekiel 13 Commentaries

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